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June 19, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Racism, Militarism and Empire

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Black Lives Matter & the fight against US empire are one and the same

      Black theologian and philosopher Dr. Cornell West said: “It’s impossible to talk about the devaluation of Black lives without talking about militarism and the far-reaching tentacles of the US empire…” “Black people will never be free under a system of predatory capitalism – we will never be free under a system with imperial tentacles, [we] will never be free with the Pentagon elite running amok with militaristic policies and killing people in Latin America and the Caribbean, and so forth.” West says conversations over the murder of George Floyd and police brutality are inseparable from discussions over Washington’s imperial policies.

See full interview with Cornell West here: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/cornel-west-black-lives-matter-fight-us-empire?fbclid=IwAR38OKnl7uMOaPf8EVCfAUgQr0Yh4swlVCvnVvP2YLj2dyf0MmOtQy9909A

Also see an article by Chris Hedges on the systemic nature of the problems of police violence https://popularresistance.org/chris-hedges-gaslighted-by-the-ruling-class/

      On June 20, 2020 peace activists from around the Pacific will be linking up to #CANCELRIMPAC, the largest naval war practice in the world off Hawai’i August 17-31, 2020. 25 nations, 200 ships, submarines and aircraft will shoot, bomb and destroy marine mammals as they practice for WAR!!!

      Also on June 20th You can join the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Justice Gathering  by tuning in live to June2020.org at 10am EST on Saturday June 20 – or join the rebroadcast at 3pm PST ( 6pm EST) the same day or at 6pm EST on Sunday, June 21. The Poor Peoples Campaign: a National Call for a Moral Revival (PPC) will challenge what Martin Luther King called the triple evils of racism, militarism and poverty (building on MLK’s last campaign, in 1968).

     Finally, please support Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Pramila Jayapal, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in their effort to move $350 Billion per year out of militarism and into useful things.
We need to move all of Congress in this direction. Click here to email your Representative and Senators.

No Justice = No Peace!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

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June 19, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 977 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Please join the weekly Friday June 12, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Aloha Peace Ohana,

Please come and join the weekly Friday Hilo Peace vigil 3:30-5PM at the downtown Post office/Federal Building. Come for whatever time you can. Bring a chair to sit under the senior shade tree if you want. Also please wear a mask to show respect and help protect others health. And please keep 6 feet social distancing. Below is the slightly revised peace leaflet for today.

Mahalo and solidarity.

Jim

Cancel RIMPAC! Masks NOT Missiles!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

CANCEL RIMPAC!

De-militarize and De-occupy Hawaii!

      RIMPAC stands for Rim of the Pacific military exercises. These destructive war games have been taking place every two years in Hawaii, and waters surrounding Hawaii, since the early 1970s. The war games have expanded far beyond Pacific Rim countries. In 2018 RIMPAC brought 25 nations, over 200 aircraft, 46 ships, five submarines, and over 25,000 military personnel to Hawaii. Some of the countries that participated are far from the Pacific — countries such as France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Israel. RIMPAC 2020 has been scaled back somewhat from it’s usual time frame of late June until early August. It is now scheduled for Aug. 17-31 in Hawaii.

      Hawaii is one of the most militarized places on the planet with more than 110 military installation. Nearly 25% of Oahu is occupied by military bases, including the Indo-Pacific Nuclear War Command Center at Camp H.M. Smith above Aloha Stadium. Military covert special ops are carried out all over Oahu and neighbor islands – in civilian areas, on shorelines, and in near shore surrounding waters. Kauai has the Pacific Missile Range Facility testing new hypersonic missiles. Maui has military satellite tracking on Haleakala and the Military High Performance Computer Center in Kihei. The Big Island Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is the largest live-fire training center outside the continental U.S. PTA is contaminated with a wide range of toxins, including Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation. All total Hawaii has 42,000 active duty military, nearly 10,000 Guard and Reserve, 20,000 civilian military workers, 60,000 military dependents, 18,000 military retirees, and 111,000 veterans.

      Hawaii and the entire world is undergoing tremendous trauma from the deadly Coronavirus. We do not need to add to the trauma by RIMPAC. If the military wants to truly protect the people of Hawaii and the world, cancel RIMPAC. Use the money that would have been spent on bombs, rockets and missiles for much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers and Covid 19 testing for people in Hawaii, throughout the US and the world.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/5/20/1946007/-Hawaii-can-t-call-itself-the-safest-place-on-earth-unless-RIMPAC-is-canceled?detail=emailLL

Wage Peace NOT War!     Masks NOT Missiles!